Self Development Academy (SDA) Middle School provides a strong academic foundation for students in sixth, seventh, and eighth grades to transition to high school, college and beyond. Through carefully designed thematic curriculum, caring and qualified teachers continue the legacy established in Kindergarten through Grade 5.
Teacher commitment: Teachers with subject area expertise act as mentors and coaches, providing individual support and guidance. They understand the intellectual, social and emotional needs of adolescents at this delicate stage, so peer pressure is minimized in a small, safe environment.
Active learning: An accelerated learning pace encourages self-motivated and self-directed learners, who set short and long-term goals. Computers and technology are integrated with classroom instructions.
Extracurricular activities: SDA offers Sports Club, Dance Club/Dance Troupe, Foreign Language Club, Math Counts, and Science Bowl.
Middle School, High School, College, and Career: The SDA accelerated curriculum provides students with the opportunity to take higher level courses in mathematics, science, literature, history, and writing. Many students upon completing Grade 8 at SDA enroll in Honors, Advanced Placement (AP), and International Baccalaureate (IB) level courses as high school freshmen.
In 2014, several of our Grade 8 students transitioned into high school and were accepted in the IB Program and Honors and AP Programs. At the IB programs, they registered for Advanced Geometry, Advanced Chemistry, Advanced World History, and Advanced English. At other traditional high schools they are taking Honors Chemistry, Honors Geometry, Honors Algebra II, and US History.By taking courses at this advanced level, students earn higher grade point averages, giving them an advantage when applying to colleges, universities and for scholarships.
Leadership and Civic Skills: Students participate in academic competitions, community service projects, student government, and mentoring programs.